Anyone But You

Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
4 out of 5 stars (727 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For Nina Askew, turning 40 means freedom - from the ex-husband whose career always came first, from their stuffy suburban home. Freedom to have her own apartment in the city, freedom to focus on what she wants for a change.... And what she wants is something her ex always vetoed: a puppy. A bouncy puppy to cheer her up. Instead she gets...Fred.

Overweight, smelly, and obviously suffering from some kind of doggy depression, Fred is light-years from perky. But for all his faults, he does manage to put Nina face-to-face with Alex Moore, her gorgeous, younger downstairs neighbor.

Alex looks great on paper - a sexy, seemingly sane, surprisingly single E.R. doctor who shares Fred's abiding love for Oreos - but a 10-year difference in age, despite his devastating smile, is too wide a gap for Nina to handle.

Ignoring her insistent best friend, some interfering do-gooders, and the ubiquitous Fred - not to mention her suddenly raging hormones - Nina thinks anyone but Alex would be a better bet for a relationship. But the more silver-haired stiffs she dates, the more she suspects it's the young dog-loving doctor she wants to sit and stay!

©2005 Jennifer Crusie (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Considered by many to be a romantic comedy classic....the novel is given a note-perfect reading by Susan Ericksen....Also worthy of note: the upbeat, jazzy score." ( AudioFile)

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Susan Ericksen Rules

Listen to anything that she reads! She's amazing!
The book was good... funny at parts, REALLY funny at other parts!
I enjoyed it! A nice "fluff" book for when I just don't feel like remembering names or dates or trying to figure out who the killer might be!

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Jennifer Crusie knows how to have fun

I had read "Fast Women" because is was on sale and very entertaining. So I thought I would try another by this author. what a great story with lots of laughs.
The narrator did a great job. I understand that some of the narrators for Ms Crusie books are not as enjoyable. I suggest a listen before purchasing.
I enjoyed this one very much and recommend

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As memorable as a Hollywood Classic Movie

Listening to this is like watching one of the great Hollywood classic movies: The characters are smart and witty, the dialogue snappy...and you'll fall in love with Fred. I will definitely be listening to this one again and again.

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Would be perfect, except the narration...

Setting: River Bend (a fictional city, probably in Ohio) Contemporary to 1996
Genre: Romcom
Nina Askew is a recently divorced editor at a small press known for publishing nonfiction and serious memoirs. She has recently sold the McMansion she shared with her ex and moved into a cool little apartment in an old Victorian located downtown. To celebrate all that and turning forty, she went to the dog pound to get a puppy. Instead, she ended up rescuing a depressed, middle-aged basset/beagle mix (a bagel?) from doggie death row. Fred makes a nice, if somewhat morose secondary character who is I involved with a meet cute with Alex downstairs.
There are a couple of things going on with the book. First is the relationship with Alex. They get to know one another, and their interest is mutual, but he’s 10 years younger than than she. She finds all sorts of reasons not to act on her interest. The subplot is about Nina is asking her friend Charity to write a memoir about her many failed relationships.
This is a great story, and I enjoyed it very much. What I did not like was the narration of the audiobook. Susan Ericksen is not my favorite narrator. She just sounds too perky. She’s actually the reason I don’t buy J. D. Robb audiobooks.

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Not even an "okay" listen for me

First, I only managed to listen through the first quarter of this short book. The dialogue sounded believable with wit, especially between Max and Alex. I liked the premise and a woman determined to make her own strong decisions after a really unfortunate marriage. Second, the narrator had me so annoyed with the overly dramatic and hysterical-sounding internal and external dialogue, I cringed with each word. The narrator calmed a bit with the dialogue between the brothers. Then back to the female lead and the hysterical voice. Enough already!

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Funny and refreshing!

Loved it! It was funny, interesting, intriguing! It’s easy to relate to and talk about real worries we women sometimes have and encourages you not to think like that. It was truly a lovely funny book!

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Funny romance

I think I’ve listened to this book 5 or 6 times since I bought it. It’s the perfect balance between funny and romance. Great!

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Wonderful story. Bad narrator.

I love the story, but I couldn’t wait for it to be over because the audiobook narrator was awful.

I read the paperback several years ago and laughed a lot. I recently listened to the audiobook. I didn’t laugh because I knew what to expect, but I still enjoyed the story.

I was so drawn to the characters. I loved the slow building relationship between Nina and Alex. I enjoyed other characters as well, especially the 75 year old physically fit neighbor Norma.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR - Susan Ericksen:
I don’t like this narrator. It feels like a bossy person is yelling at me, lecturing me, nagging me. It’s jaring, irritating and stressful to listen to. There is no sweetness, softness or vulnerability in her voice. It’s loud. I don’t like monotone readers, but Susan Ericksen is too far the other way. I feel like she is overacting with artificial cheeriness, overly energetic. Her emotional interpretation of men is off. Alex sounds like a bossy female instead of a guy desiring her and wanting sex.

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Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 275 pages. Swearing language: mild including religious swear words but rarely used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 4. Setting: 1990s U.S. Copyright: 1996. Genre: contemporary romance, older woman younger man.

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Witty and fun book.

I thought this book was so much fun. I love a book like this that can make me laugh out loud. The dialog between the characters and the interactions with Fred cracked me up. Susan Ericksen did a really great job with the narration. Loved it!

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WONDERFUL ! A must read !

This was the first Jennifer Crusie book I read and was "hooked" immediately. How fun to read a book and laugh while doing it ! Her characters are perfect and the narrator was wonderful ! Give me more !

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